Dave Nevison's top tips for Thursday: Le Chiffre ready to complete Beverley mission

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 26 Aug 2020

Dave Nevison has three selections at Beverley, including one in the William Hill Beverley Bullet, live on Racing TV at 3.30pm.

2.30 Beverley: Le Chiffre at 5-1 with William Hill

This horse is on the improve and provided the ground does not get extremely testing, I am convinced he will demonstrate further progress here in a race, with no shortage of pace, that looks set to be run to suit him.

The horse who beat him last time out over course and distance has won again since and the form is strong, so it does look as though the handicapper has been generous in leaving him on the same mark. He won over this course and distance on his seasonal debut as well, which is another positive.

3.00 Beverley: Sheepscar Lad each-way at 12-1 with Bet365

Sheepscar Lad had no chance from the widest draw last time out but returns to a course and distance he has won, and finished placed at, in the past on Thursday.

He has not won for over two years, but he is so well handicapped that if he produces anything like his recent form, he should finish in the first four at least.

The handicapper has not taken the view that his run last time out was not a performance to put a line through and has dropped him 3lb for what was basically a non-event for Sheepscar Lad.

He is now off rated 65 - which is 16lb lower than his last win - and has been well treated for a while, but should reward each-way support here.

3.30 Beverley: Makanah at 8-1 with Betfair

Always an exciting sprint, this year’s Beverley Bullet is made even more difficult to solve than usual by the fact that all the pacesetters seem to be drawn out wide, so there does look to be potential for horses meeting trouble in running.

Makanah might be the answer though, as the five-year-old could be a horse that has scope for further improvement in a race full of exposed types. Julie Camacho’s charge was the horse who heralded the excellent season his trainer and jockey are having since the resumption of racing when a well-backed winner at Newmarket.

He ran another cracker at Haydock last time out where he was just run out of it close home. He looks to have the ideal running style for this contest and from his middle draw, he should be able to sit on the heels of the leaders and take it up close home.

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